Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Tom's Letter

When I opened my eyes today I discovered a compassionless nation.

Millions of my fellow citizens are struggling to put food on their tables, if they have tables. Millions have lost and millions more will soon lose their homes. Millions will live this day through without even a glimmer of hope for basic medical care.

Each direction I look I see people begging for a chance to work again; to provide for their families and themselves. And after years of turndowns, millions more have stopped seeking work, fallen off the charts, and fading into shadow people.

The minority, those who still have jobs, bank accounts, homes, cars – a “middle class” American life – avert their eyes and look away. Fearing contamination, they refuse to see what is happening and declare the victims to be the criminals. They don’t want to acknowledge what is happening.

But soon, they too, will join our ranks. It is inevitable because through their avarice, the tiny few who are “coin operated” have once again “stolen” the wealth of the many.

Those who remember reading now understand that history does repeat. None of us, even for a split second, thought the countless revolutions of the past would be revisited on us… by us.

Still, here we are, simply trying to regain what our parents had and our children will never see unless we unite, rediscover the path our ancestors walked and walk it ourselves. Our numbers have become vast. We have nothing to lose and only a smidgen of a chance to retrieve what has been stolen from us.

The tiny few who “have” all the mega wealth now do have much to fear. Because the country has long since stopped working for the many.

Sooner or later the shadow people will be visiting the mega wealthy people, unless in self-interest, the tiny few become enlightened and allow the many to hold at least a piece of the American Dream once again.

History teaches that a tomorrow will come. At similar tipping points in the past other shadow people summoned up their courage to retrieve their collective rights; found the strength to correct injustice; and then took back their stolen wealth, homes and savings. Eventually, the shadow people will become empowered to repeat the cycle and try to create a new society, a new government.

It is time, for: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.”